Renewal: What Does This Mean For Our Life Together?


At our 2017 Assembly, we invited the Lower Susquehanna Synod into deeper spiritual and congregational renewal. The heart of renewal is nurturing deeper relationships with God, one other and our communities by faithfully participating in what God is already up to in the world.

Renewal comes in many forms – a covenanted apprenticeship model (like our synod’s R3 equipping initiative), intentional conversations outside the church walls to better understand the spiritual needs of our communities to daily reflections on where we see God active and present in the world. Rather than a “one size fits all” process, renewal faithfully responds to Jesus’ call to make disciples of all nations. We take this call very seriously.

As leaders in our synod, we have begun intentional renewal as well. Similar to the congregational R3 apprentice model, with the support of an outside accountability coach, we will form a synodical renewal team and covenant to discern the needs of those we serve so we can faithfully adapt to the changing realities of synodical ministry. We ask for your prayerful support and patience while we engage renewal internally and externally.

Because God is already active and abiding in our lives and communities, over the coming months, we invite you to share personal or congregational renewal stories. In what ways will you engage God’s Work. Our Hands. this weekend? Share your stories with us.

Deacon Marsha Roscoe, our Director for Mission Interpretation, will soon provide a variety of resources to help capture impactful stories that share the Good News all around us. Because together, we are feeding others as we have been fed by Christ.

As we continue to encounter the risen Christ through the spiritual feast of the Kingdom, may our hearts and minds be renewed for the sake of the gospel.

Yours in Christ,
James S. Dunlop, bishop
Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA


More information about renewal in the Lower Susquehanna Synod